Do your memories often consist of a picture in your mind? Where were you? Who else was there? What did the scene look like?
Maybe you can even feel the warmth or coolness of the air around you. Maybe you remember how you reacted.
If you are a visual thinker it would be natural to use drawings or mind maps to visualize a topic, a plan, or a presentation. If you don’t think you are a natural visual thinker, it is worth learning to use drawings , diagrams, stick figures, and mind maps to visualize and to help your brain.
Mind Maps are easy to draw and use to organize a topic. You can learn more about them from my Ted talk (https://youtu.be/5nTuScU70As). You can also suggest how I can help you with this topic by commenting or sending me your questions.
How do you learn? How do you link your new learning with your memory? How do you take in any information? Of course, it comes in as data through one of your senses. The obvious ones are sight and hearing but they are not the only ones at work. You may have touched something, or it may have touched you. You may have tasted a new food. You may have noticed an unusual odor. There is also a 6th sense which means we take note of a feeling though may not be sure how or why it happened. All your senses are receptors bringing in information that your brain will record, maybe store, maybe making it easy for you to remember later.
When we pay more attention we will help our brain execute that process called memory: receive, store, be able to retrieve. It also helps to get that information through multiple senses, hence, drawing, diagraming, and writing notes, can all improve the memory.
Let’s continue to explore this set of ideas about learning and memory through this newsletter. Please comment, add ideas, and ask questions.